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Mushroom Dumplings from South Africa

Vegetarian mushroom dumplings from South Africa served with sweet coconut milk, cayenne pepper, ginger and honey sauce. Every mushroom dumpling is delicately boiled and dipped with the African Gourmet South African spicy sweet ginger sauce.

Africans prefer mushrooms as well as most fruits and vegetables fresh rather than processed and Mushroom Dumplings are a favorite Southern African food recipe using finely chopped fresh white button mushrooms wrapped in egg dough topped with spicy sweet ginger sauce.


Mushroom Dumplings from South Africa Recipe and Ingredients.

Mushroom Dumplings from South Africa Directions and Ingredients.


Ingredients for the mushroom filling, egg dough and dipping sauce.

Filling
5 cups chopped button mushrooms
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, diced
5 green onions, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Dough
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, more as needed

Sauce
2 cups coconut milk 
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


Directions for the mushroom filling, egg dough and dipping sauce.

Mushroom filling directions
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until golden but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and green onions and cook, stirring, until mushrooms have released their liquid, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drain liquid. In a food processor, pulse mushroom mixture until finely ground.

Egg dough directions
In a small bowl, combine egg yolk, oil and 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water and whisk 1 minute. Place flour in a large bowl and make a well in center. Add a third of the egg mixture and lightly mix in with fingers or a fork. 

Repeat 2 more times. Using hands, fold dough together until soft: if crumbly, gently work in more water; if sticky, add flour. Transfer to a lightly floured board and knead 3 minutes. Form into a ball, transfer to a bowl and refrigerate 45 minutes.

Lightly flour a work surface and a pan or board for the finished dumplings. Divide dough into 3 sections. Using a well-floured rolling pin, roll each section out until very thin and in a rough rectangle. Use pastry cutter to cut circles.

Drain any excess liquid from mushroom filling. Place 1/2 teaspoon filling in center of each circle, seal by pinching the two sides together. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook dumplings until they float, 2 to 4 minutes. Drain and serve with The African Gourmet spicy sweet ginger sauce.

Sauce directions
Over medium heat in a heavy saucepan add coconut milk and spices, gently simmer 20 minutes. 

Did you know.
In Southern Africa, white button and brown mushrooms are grown, collected and served at the best fine dining to casual restaurants in and around Southern Africa like the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice restaurant by Marriott in Cape Town South Africa.

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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

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